Skip to main content

Here’s how System Of A Down’s B.Y.O.B. sounds when played using assault rifles instead of drums

Gundrummer SOAD
(Image credit: gundrummer / YouTube)

Let’s be honest, anyone can round up a few ridiculously talented musician pals and bang out a passable System Of A Down cover in their bedroom. Easy peasy.

But what about if everyone you know is self-isolating - let’s say, for argument’s sake, in the midst of a global pandemic - and there’s just you and a conveniently-located mid-sized army regiment’s worth of lethal military hardware to hand: in this highly unlikely and improbable scenario, would you still be able to knock out a SOAD cover, using machine gun fire as percussion, to a standard where System guitarist Daron Malakian will pop online to praise your skills?

If you’ve answered, ‘Aye, no bother pal!’ here you’re either a) drunk or b) a YouTuber known the world over as ‘gundrummer’, a name, we’re prepared to wager, originated because you figured out a way to discharge a ‘gun’ to replicate rhythms that might, standardly, be played by a ‘drummer’!

Nothing gets past us.

Anyways, if you’ve ever wondered what System’s B.Y.O.B. would sound like using a pistol and assorted assault rifles in place of a bog standard drum kit, then, oh boy, you’ve come to the right place today.

Judging by a recent post on Facebook, System guitarist Daron Malakian is a fan. Then again, he hasn’t just been rendered obsolete by a man with more guns than sense…

If this sort of thing floats your boat, we feel duty bound to point out that yer man’s YouTube channel also features him playing a Slipknot song on a tank - A TANK! - but we’re not posting or indeed condoning that, because otherwise everyone will be at it. 

Founded in 1983, Metal Hammer is the global home of all things heavy. We have breaking news, exclusive interviews with the biggest bands and names in metal, rock, hardcore, grunge and beyond, expert reviews of the lastest releases and unrivalled insider access to metal's most exciting new scenes and movements. No matter what you're into – be it heavy metal, punk, hardcore, grunge, alternative, goth, industrial, djent or the stuff so bizarre it defies classification – you'll find it all here, backed by the best writers in our game.